When I first decided to take the plunge into the world of cloth diapers, it was all about saving money. And maybe just a little bit (okay, actually a lot) about the cuteness of a baby and a fluffy butt! But, as I became familiar with the cloth diapering community, I learned about other ways to be environmentally friendly. Before I knew it I wasn’t just using cloth diapers, but also using cloth wipes, buying green cleaning products, drying with a clothes line, wearing mama cloth, consciously buying local and organic, and trying to do my part to make the earth a cleaner and greener place.
I was accidentally green. But this accident turned into a passion. I want the earth to be a better place for my children. I care so deeply about their health and well-being. The earth is delicate. The truth is that pretty much everything we do each and every day has an impact on our earth. And that impact can be good or bad. The great thing about going green is you make a conscious decision to make sure that your impact is a good one.
Now, I find myself thinking daily about what I buy and what I eat. I find myself grouping together errands to avoid extra trips in the car. I try to make sure that I turn off the light switch when I exit a room. Heck, I even have an app on my phone called the GoodGuide. The GoodGuide rates products and companies on their health, environmental and social performance. GoodGuide’s 0 to 10 rating system helps consumers quickly evaluate and compare products.
And yes, I even get picked on for being a tree hugging, crunchy mama. But I’m proud of it. Proud of my little efforts to leave a greener world for my children to live in.